Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, January 12

Sam Turner For The Daily Mail

Side with DARLING MALTAIX (Kempton, nap, 2.40) to prove a punter’s sweetheart in this afternoon’s Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.

Ridden by talented conditional Lorcan Williams, the six-year-old is finally beginning to thrive and his growing maturity was showcased by an impressive Ascot victory before Christmas.

Darling Maltaix had previously been too exuberant and keen in his races, leaving connections with no alternative but to keep him to two miles given his refusal to settle.

Darling Maltaix could prove a punter's sweetheart at the 2.40 at Kempton on Saturday

Darling Maltaix could prove a punter’s sweetheart at the 2.40 at Kempton on Saturday

However, the penny began to drop at Wincanton on the gelding’s previous start when he switched off in rear under his cool rider and finished his race off well despite being hampered by a faller in the straight.

The selection snatched third from Lord Napier on the run-in that day and the move to step him up in trip was vindicated in style on his latest start when he sauntered past 13 rivals to score readily in the hands of Williams who has been enjoying a purple patch of late.

The young Welsh pilot has booted home winners at 20-1 and 25-1 since last weekend (from just three rides) and, although Darling Maltaix won’t be anywhere near those lengthy prices, he appears a decent bet with the likelihood of a genuine gallop likely to suit his strong-travelling style of racing.

Old adversary Lord Napier is very much respected given he too should find considerable improvement now that he steps up markedly in trip following two creditable performances at two miles.

The Peter Bowen-trained six-year-old stuck gamely to his guns in the hot Ascot handicap won by Mohaayed prior to Christmas and, although he has yet to make an impact when tackling this level of competition, his two previous attempts were at a distance which is probably short of his best.

His campaign this season looks to have revolved around a tilt at this race and he rates a big threat to Darling Maltaix.

Racing expert Robin Goodfellow brings you the tips you need ahead of Saturday's meetings

Racing expert Robin Goodfellow brings you the tips you need ahead of Saturday's meetings

Racing expert Robin Goodfellow brings you the tips you need ahead of Saturday’s meetings



12.20 Flaminger

12.55 Lomachenko

1.30 Amour de Nuit

2.05 Charbel

2.40 Darling Maltaix (nap)

3.15 Ballykan

3.45 Speed Company


12.20 Flaminger

12.55 Lomachenko

1.30 Mercian Prince

2.05 Charbel (nb)

2.40 Star Of Lanka

3.15 Glen Rocco

3.45 Oakley



12.30 Bally Conor

1.05 Minnies Secret

1.40 Wishfull Dreaming

2.15 Tree Of Liberty

2.50 Jet Set

3.25 Manwell

3.55 Artichoke Heart 


12.30 Doctor Dex

1.05 Storm Control

1.40 Pershing

2.15 Tree Of Liberty

2.50 Bordeaux Bill

3.25 Manwell

3.55 Andorns Legacy

Northerner – 12.30 Oscar Wilde (nb); 1.40 Wishfull Dreaming (nap).



12.40 Texan Nomad

1.15 Huntsman Son

1.50 Rocky’s Treasure

2.25 Stoney Mountain

3.00 Cogry (nb)

3.35 Notwhatiam

4.05 Honourmission


12.40 Percy Prosecco

1.15 Movie Legend

1.50 Rocky’s Treasure

2.25 Tidal Flow

3.00 Impulsive Star

3.35 Notwhatiam

4.05 Honourmission



3.30 Clive Clifton

4.00 Glory of Paris

4.30 Kavora

5.00 Kareena Kapoor

5.30 Azzeccagarbugli

6.00 Call Out Loud

6.30 Athollblair Boy

7.00 Klopp


3.30 Traditional Dancer

4.00 Rey Loopy

4.30 I Am Dandy

5.00 Eufemia

5.30 Tough Remedy

6.00 Portledge

6.30 Lucky Lodge

7.00 Willow Brook 

Newmarket – 5.00 Kareena Kapoor (nap); 7.00 Hanakotoba (nb).



12.50 Dashing Poet

1.25 Merhoob

2.00 Dutch Uncle

2.35 Chevallier

3.10 Shamlahar

3.40 Tesorina


12.50 Sweet Nature

1.25 Merhoob

2.00 Dutch Uncle

2.35 My Target (nap)

3.10 Yimou

3.40 Diamond Reflection

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